There is no such thing as dropping an anime forever. When I use the term ‘dropped’ that does not mean that’s the last I’ll see of that anime in my life. Dropping a show means that I don’t have the enthusiasm to watch this show currently and at a later date I’ll return to that anime. This later date may be the time when trapped in an all-male brothel with nothing other than a portable dvd player and a ‘Lucky Star’ boxset, but I will one day return and give the anime another shot. With this in mind, combined with the fact that I’m only 4 series away from ‘dropping’ 100 anime, according to my MAL account, I’ve decided that I’m going to take a look back at all those series I’ve dropped, recognise why I dropped them and evaluate when I should give them another go.
Dropped After: 23 episodes
Why I dropped it: I liked Guin Saga at the start. Heck, I liked it a lot. The Nospherus arc, lasting something like 10 episodes, was fantastic and finished up with that scene of Guin leading an army of macho giants in loincloths against the forces of Mongol. That scene alone was worth watching this series for. But then it turned to absolute shit. Looking back at my monthly roundups, there’s a great one in August where I whine that Guin Saga hadn’t produced a good episode from the last 8. Aldo Naris and a lack of Guin were largely to blame, but the main reason was the total failure of the romance in the series. Considering that was the main focus in the second half of the season, it really fell down quite shockingly. In the end I just couldn’t bring myself to care anymore, especially when I knew we were going to get no Guin questions answered before the end. Plus the fansubs slowed to a crawl.
Rebirth Chances: Below Average. There is only 3 episodes left and that shouldn’t be hard to get through but I just don’t feel watching them would really bring me any worth. I really do not want to sit through more hopelessly done romance and that incomprehensible personality swap by Remus still pisses me off. Maybe if someone promised me that the series finished of with Guin dropping a Giant Anvil on Aldo Naris’ head, then I’d be tempted.
Dropped After: 1 episodes
Why I dropped it: I borrowed the first 4 episodes from the library a while back and was actually very excited about the prospect of watching this. Serious action show by Madhouse with their top-tier staff working on it sounds right up my alley. But oh god was that first episode bad. First of all, I watched the dub and it had been a while since I’d heard voice acting that lifeless, but it certainly wasn’t helped by the godawful dialogue. I was actually cringing in my seat at how bad it was. I figured I’d watch the next episode subbed and hope it got better but I never got around to it in the end.
Rebirth Chances: High. It’s cases like these that I can’t help thinking that it’s pointless to put it in these posts. I have all the intentions in the world to pick this up again so assessing why I dropped it is kind of pointless. There’s a few anime that I’m going to be skipping for that very reason. Phantom (dropped because Funimation suddenly decided they only wanted to stream it to North America), Gunslinger Girl (dropped because I went abroad for 3 weeks after I watched the first episode and forgot about it) and Legend of the Galactic Heroes (moved house while I was watching it). Life gets in the way of anime watching quite frequently and sometimes you have to put a show aside. Gungrave is slightly different because, unlike the rest of the anime I mentioned, it;s first episode was genuinely awful. Please tell me it gets better.
Hayate the Combat Butler
Why I dropped it: Hayate really looked like the type of anime I should like. Maybe not love, but it had that same ring to it that the likes of Kannagi had. One of those surprisingly witty and cutting comedy anime under the guise of moeblob. So what made me drop it? Well, it just wasn’t really that funny. It was all right I guess and some of the scenes definitely made me laugh a lot, but on the whole a lot of the jokes brought no smile to my face. As a 12 episode series, I probably would have enjoyed it but the idea of watching that for 52 episodes + 26 episode sequel did not sound appealing.
Rebirth Chances: Average. On one hand, I feel I’ve seen enough of the show to know full well exactly what it’s about and how the rest of the show will pan out, and therefore know whether I would enjoy that or not. On the other hand, it’s not like I really disliked the show. Like Excel Saga, maybe I just dropped the thing because of a poor run of episodes (I distinctly remember a totally unfunny one about being in a game with a demon with bouncy breasts controlling it or something along those lines). My memory gets blurred when I’ve watched this bloody much.
He is my Master
Why I dropped it: I think this might have been the very last anime I watched in my quest to find a seinen romance that could recapture the appeal of Chobits and Love Hina. He is my Master is a piece of crap that had no redeeming factors. A perverted Alligator that tears off the clothes of teenage girls forced to dress as hawt maids is far less funny then it’s description suggests it should be. After this I gave up searching for that elusive seinen romance series, probably for the better.
Rebirth Chances: Very low. Is there a Gainax end?
Why I dropped it: Green Green TV was the first anime I dropped, but that was because I felt that if I was going to watch porn I might as well actually watch porn. Juuni Kokuki (or 12 Kingdoms, actually I should really stick to the non-weeaboo version. It’s just called Juuni Kokuki on MAL) was the first anime I dropped for being bad. Because oh boy was this ever a lesson in how to alienate your viewer. Toss out a bizzilion names for you to remember, give each of these characters 4 different alias’, just for the hell of it, and have a plot that jumps around in the most incoherant fashion possible is the perfect formula for induced frustration followed by boredom. This might have been a good story in book form. Pierrot did a miserable job adapting it.
Rebirth Chances: Below average. I watched this quite a long time ago, at least, it is proportional to my minimalistic time I’ve been watching anime, so maybe a totally fresh approach to the series might help me in that regard. But I really did not like this series. What’s worse, I heard the first arc is meant to be the best part of the series. I’m not entirely sure how far I got but I definitely finished the first arc and oh boy was it crap.
::Note:: When voting in the poll, please try to keep in mind what I said about each anime and don’t just vote for your favourites. If I say ‘man I hated that character and that’s why I dropped it’, don’t vote for it if that character takes a lead role in the rest of the series.